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18K with ice–found in the ice! (My first find blog!)

from Bowie (Maryland, United States)
Contact: 1-240-476-4738


Well, not my first successful ring return, but my first blog on the subject!  This is my second successful recovery for 2016 and I just wanted to share because we’re off to such a good start this year.

I received a message from a gentleman in Gaithersburg (a little north of DC) who required my assistance in locating an 18K gold ring with diamonds.  The ring was lost from a third story balcony.  His wife was throwing snow up in the air while he photographed her.  One photo the ring was there, the next photo, GONE!  They sifted and melted over two feet of snow for quite some time before turning to the internet for help.

I was able to make it out a couple days later and the search was on!  Directly below the balcony was a concrete slab which was a lower neighbor’s porch area.  A mere foot from that was a 10-12 foot row of bushes, no taller than about three feet.  Most of the snow had melted from the slab and only about 6 or 7″ remained in the grass on the other side of the bushes.  I started right in just on the other side of the bushes, thinking the ring probably landed on shrubs and slowly melted down into the grass just a foot or two away.  My machine is a Fisher F75 which is very chatty and sensitive.  I was dealing with extensive interference and had to change frequencies a few times to make the detector even partially stable.  Additionally, the concrete slab was rebar-reinforced and trash was abundant.  This was going to be tough.  I spent 25 minutes on a mini grid, then turned my focus to the shrubs with my Garrett AT Pro Pointer.  I shook the plants like a madman to make sure the ring was surely out of the limbs, but still scanned the entire hedgerow with my probe just to be sure, top to bottom!  I wrote off signal after signal that was either too large, or just below the surface.  This ring would either be in the snow, or melted down to the top of the ground.  We were still empty handed after quite some time was spent hovering over and reaching under the shrubs.  Since my machine was useless on the concrete slab, I picked up the remaining hardened ice and snow and carried it out to an area that I could detect.  Then I scraped all the remaining slushy filth off to the side of the slab so I can run my probe through every last drop of disgusting, freezing crap!

Empty.  Nothing in the snow I removed from the slab.  Nothing in the slush I pushed off the side either.  I began hinting at how well my new friend knew his neighbors below, as it seemed the ring may had been picked up from a previously melted area.  It’s hard to stay positive after quite some time hunting such a small area.  All the interference and large buried objects and trash made it exceptionally tricky.

I picked my detector up for a third and what I figured would be the final time.  I dawned my headphones as it continued to just chatter away.  I also decreased the sensitivity further and changed the frequency yet again.  I started sweeping my detector on the very first line that I had originally made, but came in from the opposing end.

Then it happened. I got ‘that’ signal.  I either barely missed it on my first pass, or hadn’t settled down with all the interference and trashy targets yet.   It was a repeatable 18-20 readout on my F75 which indicates small, high karat gold.  Nice sharp signal, but not quite as loud as I expected.  I pinpointed the target, knelt down and plunged my detector probe a few inches into the 6″ packed snow and ice layer.  To my instant delight it vibrated and sounded off, and I could tell this object was either in the snow, or right on the top of the ground.  I cut an ice plug with my sharp Lesche digging tool and popped out the freezing square like a snow cookie.  The signal had disappeared from the hole.  JOY!  Whatever it was has been moved from the hole!  At that point I gave the separated ice brick a little smack, and there it was, a tiny, gorgeous, miraculous little gold ring staring back at me and the gentleman who had remained very positive throughout the hunt as my faith began to dwindle!  I snatched it out of the snow the moment that gold glint caught my eye and shoved it into the hands of its rightful owner who had instantly gone from reserved and patient to jumping up in the air and wrapping me up in a huge, ecstatic embrace.  An excellent hug it was.

My only regret?  Not taking a close-up picture of the ring.  But that’s ok because the smiling faces are what it’s all about, and that is precisely why Chris Turner created in the first place.

So it was a diligent hunt and a successful mission, complete with Indian coffee and toast afterward while I got to know two very lovely people who had moved to the USA only two weeks earlier!  Welcome to the USA, and don’t trust the snow!!

Thanks for reading and best wishes to all.



Estate and Property Search for Gold and Silver…Florida!

from Sanford (Florida, United States)
Contact: 1-321-363-6029

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have the opportunity to search for hidden treasure? To know that gold and silver were stashed somewhere and you were the one to be asked to look for and recover it? How do you begin a search like that? Where do you start? What tools and detectors will you use? How much do you charge for your service? And who will help you put it all together?

Since joining Chris Turner’s directory of TheRingFinders I have received a variety of calls asking me to help locate things like rings, keys, knives, pulleys, coins, necklaces, pendants, and most recently–Gold Bars!! I expect calls to look for the usual lost items but this call caught me by surprise. Right away I knew that I needed to call Chris Turner and ask him a ton of questions and figure out what my next steps should be. After talking to Chris and getting his advice I felt allot more confident that if the gold was there then I would have a much better chance of locating it.

56 pounds of silver dimes!

And so began my first Estate Search. The deceased had died suddenly and left evidence that he was prepared for whatever crisis that the government or economy would send his way. There were dozens of guns and ammunition and also documentation that he had purchased gold and silver. He lived a very secluded life and had his own water source and a large garden. And even though someone broke into the house three days after the man had passed away and rummaged through all his belongings we still felt there was a good chance we could find the gold if it was still there.

The first day we began our search in the house. We checked all the usual places people hide things and even places that would have made great hiding places but we found nothing. On day two we decided to look the outside of the house over including the yard and some of the sheds. That is when we stumbled onto an old rusty bucket of silver dimes! The bucket was so heavy that when we tried to pick up the bucket it came apart and literally thousands of dimes went spilling over the ground. You can just imagine our excitement and the rush we felt as we stood there and stared at that pile of silver dimes! I grabbed a five gallon paint bucket to put the coins in and at the end of the day, when we weighed the bucket, we had 56 pounds of silver dimes!

We started day three with renewed energy and hope of finding more caches and valuables as there was a lot more of the property to look over yet. We spent most of the day searching the sheds and garden areas thinking that there had to be more buried somewhere. After hours of searching outdoors it was getting really hot and we needed to stop for lunch and a much needed break. As we sat eating our lunch I got to thinking that the downstairs needed to be gone over one more time. (The upstairs apartment had been cleaned out by a cleaning service the estate had hired and all that was left downstairs was a lot of old paint cans, tools, lumber and the kind of junk that people normally have in their garages or basements.) After lunch we headed downstairs to give it the “fine tooth comb” going over! Not 10 minutes into our search we came across an old paint can that looked every bit the part of just an “old can of paint.” We pried the lid off and opened it up to find–there staring up at us were the tops of three money bags tied off and four rolls of what looked like silver dollar coins. Once again you can just imagine the feelings and emotions as we carefully pulled out the contents and laid it all out to count and take pictures! That “old can of paint” held over 600 silver half dollars–Walking Libertys, Benjamin Franklins and Kennedys, plus 85–1 Troy oz. silver rounds!!

All of a sudden those old paint cans had our full attention! Stash number three was located not 10 minutes later only this time there was a large bar of some kind in the bottom of another can and it was wrapped in paper. We thought, “Could these be the gold bars we were originally looking for?”

As we slowly pulled out the contents and laid them gently on the floor we were stunned to see 60 more 1–Troy oz. coins and a 100 oz. bar of .999 pure silver!! And even though it was not the gold bars we were hired to find, our hearts were still pounding like we found the mother load! And all this was found in the “junk” that was left behind by the cleaning crew!

That evening I called Chris Turner and as we discussed the exciting events of the day we realized that there was definitely more places that needed looking into. Chris said he would love to fly out and help us finish up the search and that was all I needed to hear. We invited Chris to “Come on down to sunny Florida” and the next day I picked him up at the airport!

We spent three more day trying to figure out just where the old gentleman hid his treasures. In our search we even found a book that was titled “How to Hide Anything”! We found old letters and photos that helped us put together a bit of his life and gave us some clues. It was neat to uncover key facts and details that helped us confirm the old gentleman had indeed bought gold and silver! In the end we were exhausted but very content in what all we were able to find. Like 90 pounds of silver and an experience that will last a lifetime!

Thanks again to Chris Turner and TheRingFinders for giving us the amazing opportunity to search for that which was hidden and stashed away. We may never know just where the gold really went. Did the person who broke into the house before the cleaners take it? Did the cleaners throw it out with the rest of the trash? Questions we may never have the answers to.

Mike McInroe, Proud member of

Metal Detecting English Bay Beach For… Lost Silver Native Bracelet & Ring… Video

from Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada)
Contact: 1-778-838-3463

Lost Native Silver Bracelet & Silver Ring at English Bay Beach